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Walter Ward Wilson ’58, born August 5, 1937, in San Francisco, California; died January 5, 2010, in Bellevue, Washington. Survived by Jill, his wife of 51 years; daughter, Janne Sleeper, and granddaughter, Elena Sleep er, of Stanwood; brother-in-law, Jack Krimmer (Barbara), of Wimberly, Texas; and numerous cousins in California. Walt was a devoted husband and father. He had an abiding love for his church, and loved to work in its service. He also had a passion for travel that he fulfilled with his wife, Jill. They toured China, Italy, England, Holland, Egypt and South and Central America, and were able to travel to Ecuador and the Galapagos islands with their daughter and granddaughter last year. Golf was his game, and he spent many joyful hours with his friends on the course. He played racquetball as well, co-running a league in Kirkland for many years. He spent many hours working for the Republican Party and also as an elections official. His working years were spent primarily at the former Rocket Research Co. of Redmond where he was a mechanical engineer. Space and its promise for the future fascinated and drove him in his work. A man generous with his time, his affection and his hearty laughter, he will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him.